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New England Patriots Trade Former First-Round Pick

The New England Patriots have reportedly traded wide receiver and former first-round pick N'Keal Harry to the Chicago Bears, sources told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport on Tuesday afternoon.

"The #Patriots have traded WR N’Keal Harry to the #Bears, sources tell me and @RapSheet," Garafolo tweeted. "Former first-round pick gets a shot at a fresh start."

The Patriots will reportedly receive a seventh-round 2024 NFL Draft pick as compensation, Rapoport tweeted minutes later.

"At long last, the #Patriots trade former first-rounder N'Keal Harry and it’s the #Bears as his landing spot for a 2024 7th rounder, per me and @MikeGarafolo," Rapoport added. "A solid upside move for Chicago, while New England moves on with a strong group itself."

Harry, a two-time first-team All-Pac-12 receiver at Arizona State, was selected by the Patriots and No. 32 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, becoming New England's highest-selected wide receiver since the late Terry Glenn in 1996.

The 24-year-old has recorded 57 receptions for 598 yards and four touchdowns while being limited to just 17 starts and 33 total appearances during his first three NFL seasons.

Harry requested a trade prior to the 2021 season in what his agent, Jamal Tooson, said was in hope of getting a fresh start "before the start of training camp."

However, Harry suffered a shoulder injury during the preseason and missed his first four weeks of the regular season before being limited to just four starts in 12 total appearances.

New England denied the fifth-year option on Harry's four-year, $10.1 million rookie deal -- which included a $5.3 million signing bonus -- in May.

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